Kippers, Caribbean style.
Scotland smokes some very tasty kippers. Our fishmonger Clarks in Musselburgh makes their own, but there are famous smokers at Craster down the Northumberland Coast and in Fife. There is a lot going for kippers, they keep well as they are smoked and can quickly be cooked to provide a nutritious meal. Kippers are inexpensive in the UK and as an oily fish extremely nutritious. (Each ounce of kippers provide an average of 62 calories, 7 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of fat and no carbohydrate.).
Most people just grill or poach kippers and eat them with bread and butter. This is a tasty alternative and could even be used as a party snack.
So to the recipe.
2 whole kippers for 4 people
1 onion and one sweet pepper sliced
1tbs oil and a garlic clove
2 chopped tomatoes (can use half a tin)
300gm flour, 1 tsp salt, water
Sliced onion and sweet pepper, slow cooked until soft with a little oil. Throw in 2 tomatoes chopped and cover to simmer down. Add shredded Kippers, cook for 2-3min. season to taste and serve with Ooft! on a soft roll or in this case fried bakes. Open the pocket and put in the mix and add lots of Ooft! ….a scrumptious new way to eat this healthy smoked fish.
Fried Bakes (The bakes are optional as pita bread or Indian naan obtainable from most supermarkets works well, we have even used Scottish breakfast rolls. But if you want the true Caribbean experience try these)
These are very simple to make. Flour salt and water mix to a soft consistency and leave for 20 minutes to settle. Heat a pan of oil to about 160 degrees. Take pieces of dough about the size of a lime and roll out not too thin to about 3 inches. Drop in hot fat and here is the secret. using a metal spoon constantly pour hot oil from the pan over the bake as it rises in the pan until to your surprise it will puff up and then start to brown. Remove with slotted spoon into a bowl with kitchen towel to absorb the oil.
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